Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu

March 24 - August 20, 2017
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Skirball Gallery, Third Floor

Admission $5.00 with general admission

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela through photographs by Matthew Willman as he revisited many of the locations that had played an important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality and Mandela’s personal fight for freedom. Visitors will travel throughout South Africa with Mandela via Willman’s camera lens: Mvezo Village, Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Robben Island. The exhibit will also feature artifacts from Mandela’s life on loan to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center from The Nelson Mandela Foundation.

From humble beginnings to a life dedicated to resistance, Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu tells the story of a young South African boy who became a man prepared to die in the name of equality, justice, and freedom. This exhibition provides a platform for a sharing of values so richly present in Mandela’s life to understand the role forgiveness, leadership, truth, and sacrifice play in overcoming the challenges we face in society today.


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May 2017 - Cincy Magazine
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April 12, 2017 - CityBeat
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March 27, 2017 - Cincinnati Business Courier
Mandela exhibit makes world premiere in Cincinnati

March 27, 2017 - Interview with Lorena Mora-Mowry
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March 24, 2017 - Interview with Shane Reinert
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March 24, 2017 - UPTOWN Magazine
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March 24, 2017 - WLWT News
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March 23, 2017 - WCPO Cincinnati
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March 17, 2017- 91.7 WVXU Cincinnati
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February 4, 2017 - WCPO Cincinnati
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March 20, 2017
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